Wisbech Cricket Club get their season underway with annual MCC meeting

Wisbech CC v MCC - 90th anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech CC v MCC - 90th anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Cricket Club kicked off their season by welcoming old friends, MCC, to Harecroft Road for their 90th anniversary friendly.

The two teams meet every pre-season, and Mayor of Wisbech, David Hodgson, greeted the sides for the two-day encounter on Wednesday March 6.

MCC batted first, and despite Gary Freear taking three wickets, the visitors hit 157 and soon declared.

The Wisbech reply was led by captain Sam Albutt, who opened with 20, and Josh Bowers added 39.

Jack Hargreaves, who only arrived into the UK from Australia two days before, impressed with a knock of 34, and some solid batting led to Wisbech declaring at 167 for 7.

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Day two saw the MCC’s second innings kept in check by Paul Edgeller who took four for 24, and MCC were bowled out for 170, leaving Wisbech with a second innings target of 164 from 30 overs.

However, the weather would have the last say on the final day of the 90th anniversary meeting, and Wisbech closed for 136 for 8 in 25 overs, with Bowers again shining and scoring 60.

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